Looking to dive deep into the artistic side of Chicago? Don’t miss the Art Institute of Chicago! Located in Grant Park, traveling to AIC is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
The museum is open every day, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday’s, it’s open from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
Want to get in a little bit quicker? Enter at the Modern Wing for faster admission. Coat check costs $1 and is available at both entrances. Strollers and wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Some of the best art ever created is housed in the AIC galleries, with well-known artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and Warhol.
The AIC also has a free mobile app for iPhone, which features complimentary audio tours. The essential’s tour is offered in Mandarin and Spanish as well. The app features a location-aware map, which will help you navigate the museum from your exact location.
Something that stands out about the AIC is their JourneyMaker. The free digital tool allows guests to create a personalized tour of the museum. In total, there are 262,000 different journeys you can create with JourneyMaker. The tool will also print out a map for your convenience.
According to museum officials, there are a few places on the tour that you simply cannot miss. Of those, the AIC has reconstructed a room that is a replica of the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room.
Another area of the museum that is not to miss is that of the Throne Miniature Rooms. The Throne Miniature Rooms enable guests to glimpse into the elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s. These miniature rooms are constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot.
The Deering Family Galleries of Art, Arms, and Armor will take guests back to the medieval and renaissance eras. These galleries house altarpieces, jewelry, and armor from the renaissance period. You’ll be able to view these pieces in galleries 235-239.